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Hot Art History: Kaleidoscopes of the 21st Century

By Jane Durrell · June 15th, 2011 · Special
They’re not your Christmas stocking kaleidoscopes, the gorgeous instruments in Kaleidoscopes of the 21st Century at Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. Although they are works of art, most can be (gently) touched and turned, to get the full effect of their inner workings. The pieces are often jewel-like, incorporating elegant materials, and come in all sizes including one that stands 6 feet tall and is activated by a huge wheel that could steer a ship.

This international selection of  more than 100 works by 29 artists illustrates the evolution of the toy into a sculptural art form. The show fills the big first floor, domed gallery at The Carnegie, while upstairs are individual exhibitions of photography, sculpture, paintings and ceramics by area artists. A special retrospective is a memorial to the late textile artist and weaver, Beverly J. Semmens. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The current shows will run through June 24. www.thecarnegie.com.



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